While it may seem as though the world is ending in front of our eyes, the quarantine, brought upon by the coronavirus pandemic, may be a blessing in disguise. As final exams at Babson are coming to a close, the increased amount of free time is a perfect opportunity to find activities that help grow and build your personality. Below are some of my favorite activities that have helped keep me grounded and feeling generally happier in this tense time, as well as helping me continue to develop my personality.
PICK UP THAT PENCIL AND DRAW
I am the least artistically inclined person I know as well as the most mediocre artist. However, in these unfortunate times, just doodling little drawings and cartoons has helped me find a more creative side of myself. According to a 2016 study conducted by the Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, a mere 45 minutes of drawing and other creative activities relieves stress levels. I highly suggest grabbing a piece of paper and just drawing for 20 minutes as a cathartic and productive way of releasing the stress and emotions of your day.
Why not use this extra downtime to enhance your physical and mental health? Several influencers have released diverse workouts on various social platforms such as Youtube and TikTok that you can complete in the comfort of your own home. When you engage in physical activity, your body releases endorphins, hormones that increase general wellbeing. Some of my personal favorite exercises simply include going for a run outside, yoga, and Chloe Ting’s ab workouts on YouTube which I have linked below.
PRACTICING MINDFULNESS AND MEDITATION
With the mass amount of coverage of the coronavirus outbreak on the news, it can be easy to get worried and frightened. At my house, my family and I watch the news at essentially every meal. To reduce being immensely stressed over the rising case numbers on the screen, I try to meditate for at least 5 minutes at the end of my day. Reflecting at the end of each day has helped me stay grounded and calmer. Typically, I use an app called Headspace, which I highly recommend, as it provides short and thorough guided meditation sessions.
COOKING AND BAKING
Quarantine is the perfect excuse to try out all those recipes you see on Instagram, but feel like you never have the time to pursue. Cooking is a considerable way for individuals to further explore the innovative sides of their personalities. By simply utilizing the ingredients you currently have in your fridge and pantry, you can create a masterpiece. Cooking is a wonderful art form to develop over these next few weeks to months. I love trying to make new creations with items I already have. I’ve linked some of my favorite recipes below!
EXPLORING MUSIC IN ALL FORMS
Whether it be singing, playing an instrument, listening to music, or songwriting, exploring your musical side is a great way to develop your personality and help you grow over quarantine. According to PsychCentral, simply listening to music eases the brain by “slowing the pulse and heart rate” as well as “lowering blood pressure.” As a child, I was relatively involved with my school’s chorus and took singing lessons for a short period. I worked on my singing skills until high school, where I became overly stressed and lost touch with the practice. The amount of free time I have had in quarantine has allowed me to practice singing again, as well as starting to learn the ukulele! I highly encourage participation in some form of musical activity for physiological as well as personal benefits
Links: Chloe Ting’s Ab Workout: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pLT-olgUJs My Favorite Recipes: Oatmeal Balls: https://www.buzzfeed.com/jodyduits/get-healthy-with-these-peanut-butter-and-chocolate-snacks- th Apple Pie Smoothie: https://tasty.co/recipe/apple-pie-winter-smoothie
Article by Anusha Kankure
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